Brian’s Pad of Week: Emery Switches to G-NETik
Ray Emery continued on his personal record-tying streak to start a season, and helped his Chicago Blackhawks extend their record-setting mark, without a glitch despite a switch – from Brian’s SubZero pads to the new Brian’s G-NETik line.
Emery made the switch while continuing a run that seen him win nine straight to start the year, tying the NHL record for the longest winning streak to start a season by a goaltender with an overtime victory on Friday. Emery is the fifth goaltender in NHL history to win his first nine decisions of a season, matching the mark set by Philadelphia’s Bob Froese in 1984-1985 and later equaled by Toronto’s Felix Potvin in 1993-1994, Ottawa’s Martin Prusek in 2002-2003, and Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin in 2007-2008.
“It’s kind of cool to be mentioned in history,” Emery told NHL.com recently. “But we’ve just got to continue to play well.”
Emery is 9-0-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage, and was named the league’s Third Star for the month of February, when he went 7-0-0 with a 1.66 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. It’s an impressive run for a goalie whose career probably should have ended with a debilitating bone disease in his hip that required radical surgery in 2010, but Emery told InGoal the lockout helped give him extra time to further recover and get closer to his pre-surgery health.
Emery, who has one of the best masks going, was wearing a SubZero set up at the time, but has since switched to these G-NETiks, which look a lot like the set from the new line’s debut and first full review in the October edition of InGoal Magazine: